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266th pope of the Catholic Church

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Pope Francis: 266th pope of the Catholic Church
Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century. He is also the first Pope since Gregory XVI (1831–1846) to have been a priest of a religious order.


Pope visibly happy to resume public audiences [Video]

Pope visibly happy to resume public audiences

Pope Francis held his first weekly general audience with a live crowd in six months on Wednesday as the Holy See slowly lift restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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State-linked Chinese hackers 'infiltrated Vatican' [Video]

State-linked Chinese hackers 'infiltrated Vatican'

Hackers linked to the Chinese government have infiltrated Vatican computer networks, including the Roman Catholic Church's Hong Kong-based representative, a U.S. firm that tracks state-backed cyber..

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Pope urges U.S reconciliation, condemns racism and street violence

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Pope condemns racism and violence in U.S., calls for national reconciliation

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Pope makes anti-corruption spending rules mandatory in Vatican

Pope Francis has approved sweeping new rules for procurement and spending in the Vatican meant to cut costs, ensure transparent competition and reduce the risk of corruption in awarding contracts.
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People more important than the economy, pope says about Covid crisis

Pope Francis said on Sunday that people are more important than the economy, as countries decide how quickly to reopen their countries from coronavirus lockdowns.
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Divert weapons funding to research to prevent next pandemic, pope says

Pope Francis on Saturday urged politicians to divert funds spent on weapons to research to prevent another pandemic, as he led the largest gathering in the Vatican in nearly three months.
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Vatican, Italy resume public church services as lockdown eases

Pope Francis inaugurated the full reopening of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Monday and Catholic churches across Italy held public Masses for the first time in two months, in the latest easing..
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Vatican, Italy start return to religious normal as public Masses resume

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Pope joins inter-faith prayers against coronavirus, irks ultra-conservatives

Pope Francis joined an inter-faith day of prayer on Thursday to call on God to end the coronavirus pandemic, brushing aside criticism from ultra-conservative Catholic groups, with one accusing him of..
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Coronavirus drains Vatican coffers as income falls, deficits loom

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Pope praises nurses' role in fighting coronavirus

Pope Francis praised the work of nurses around the world on Tuesday, saying the coronavirus crisis had shown how vital their service is, as he appealed to governments to invest more in healthcare.
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Merkel and Pope Francis want to help poor countries face pandemic

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis discussed the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the world in a phone call on Thursday and agreed on the need to help poorer countries, her..
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Coronavirus is no excuse to exploit workers, pope says

Pope Francis said on Wednesday employers must respect the dignity of workers, particularly migrants, despite economic difficulties brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
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Pope says coronavirus vaccine must be shared worldwide

Pope Francis called on Sunday for international scientific cooperation to discover a vaccine for the coronavirus and said any successful vaccine should be made available around the world.
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Pope says obey rules during exit from coronavirus lockdowns

Pope Francis on Tuesday urged people to obey rules aimed at preventing a devastating second wave of infections as their leaders begin to ease coronavirus lockdowns.
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On Earth Day, pope says nature will not forgive our trespasses

Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for protection of the environment on Wednesday's 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, saying the coronavirus pandemic had shown that some challenges had to be..
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Pope, on eve of summit, urges fractured EU to find unity over coronavirus

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Europe to remain united in overcoming the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, speaking on the eve of an EU summit to discuss a huge but divisive economic stimulus..
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Pope postpones two mega-events by a year because of coronavirus

Pope Francis has postponed two major international Catholic Church events by a year because of the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican said on Monday.
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Pope to politicians: To fight coronavirus, put country before party

Pope Francis urged politicians on Monday to put aside partisan differences in order to deal with the coronavirus crisis in a united way.
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Recovery from coronavirus must be just and equitable, pope says

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Protect women from domestic violence during coronavirus lockdowns: pope

Pope Francis said on Monday society had to stand behind women victims of domestic violence, as abuse increased around the world during coronavirus lockdowns.
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Banish 'self-centredness', pope tells the world as it faces coronavirus

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'Be messengers of life in a time of death,' pope says on Easter eve

Pope Francis urged people to "not yield to fear" and focused on a "message of hope" as he led an Easter eve Mass in an empty St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic and called..
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On Good Friday, Pope hears sorrows of prisoners and victims

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Pope prays for sick at Good Friday service scaled back by coronavirus

Pope Francis prostrated himself on the floor of an empty St. Peter's Basilica on Friday to pray at a "Passion of the Lord" service commemorating Jesus' last hours of life and his crucifixion, an event..
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On Holy Thursday, pope hails front-line 'saints' helping virus victims

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Pope condemns those trying to make quick buck off coronavirus

Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned people he said were exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to turn a quick profit and decried the "hypocrisy" of how some politicians are dealing with the crisis.
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After Pell acquittal, pope compares 'unjust sentences' to persecution of Jesus

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After Cardinal Pell acquitted, pope decries "unjust sentences"

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After Pell sentence, pope prays for those suffering 'unjust sentences'

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Senior Italian cardinal, papal vicar for Rome, has coronavirus

Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Pope Francis' vicar for the diocese of Rome, on Monday became the highest-ranking Catholic official known to test positive for coronavirus.
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Pope backs UN chief's call for global ceasefire to focus on coronavirus

Pope Francis on Sunday backed a call by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire so the world can focus on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
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Pope and closest aides do not have coronavirus: Vatican

The Vatican said on Saturday that tests carried out in the residence where Pope Francis lives showed that the 83-year-old pontiff and his closest aides do not have coronavirus.
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Pope holds dramatic solitary service for relief from coronavirus

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Vatican readies contingency plan against coronavirus in busy papal residence

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Person who lives in papal residence tests positive for coronavirus: report

A person who lives in the same Vatican residence as Pope Francis has tested positive for coronavirus and is being treated in an Italian hospital, the Rome newspaper Il Messaggero reported on Wednesday.
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Pope, world's Christians join in prayer to end coronavirus

Pope Francis and Christians worldwide recited "The Lord's Prayer" on Wednesday to ask God to stop the coronavirus pandemic which has infected nearly half a million people, disrupted countless lives and..
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160-year-old Vatican newspaper succumbs to coronavirus

The Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano, which Pope Francis has jokingly called "the party newspaper", suspended printing for only the third time in nearly 160 years on Wednesday due to the coronavirus.
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Pope Francis' May 31 trip to Malta postponed due to coronavirus

Pope Francis's trip to Malta, which had been scheduled to take place on May 31, has been postponed indefinitely, the Vatican said on Monday.
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Pope calls for world prayer to stop coronavirus, will deliver special blessing

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Catholics around the world joined Pope Francis in praying the rosary on Thursday night to ask God to end the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more people in Italy than anywhere else.
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Rome churches remain open after Catholics rail against 'Christ in quarantine'

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Rome cardinal rolls back on decree closing churches after papal rebuff

A Rome cardinal on Friday abruptly modified his decree closing churches in the Italian capital in order to contain coronavirus after Pope Francis criticized "drastic measures" by churchmen.
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Catholics criticized a cardinal's order to close churches in Rome on Friday to help contain the spread of coronavirus and Pope Francis cautioned against "drastic measures".
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